Sunday, September 10, 2017

Siem Reap (November 2016)

Gosh... Just realised my blog has been dormant for so long.....
Was and am still busy since then...

To sum up, traveled to Siem Reap for 4D3N last November (year 2016) with another two of my friends (girls' trip) and my longest flight ever to land of British gentleman (UK) in December!
Hope to visit the country (UK) again this year, guess I have fallen in love? *fingers crossed*

Alright, why not let's start with a brief update on my Siem Reap trip.
Advice to future tourist to the city, prepare USD instead of their local currency, basically everything there is sold in USD, though sometimes they might return small change in Cambodian Riel, anyway fear not, you can still pay with Riel anywhere and the locals are more than happy to explain how to convert them to USD.

Another advice, do hire a tour guide that can explain all the history in English if you are not chinese/korean/japanese and etc speaker. Tour guide really helpful in understanding their culture and you will be moved by the stories behind the wats (i.e. Angkor Wat).

Guess pictures are far more interesting than my explanation. (Simply don't want to be spoiler)
haha.. 
and ps: visit them (Angkor Wat and other ruins) as soon as possible as they seems to be not stable and falling apart soon. These building are pretty cool and magnificent, it is pretty sad to know that we may not be able to preserve these historical buildings, majority of them are either wrapped/support by the white cords (picture below) or woods.
Also, the entrance ticket is getting a hike in price soon, or have they increased the price? 
not too sure though, anyway, we bought the 3-days pass for.....can't remember.. haha


see... it has fallen apart.. 
apparently these are destroyed by war.. =P
But I'm not joking about it falling apart soon.

They called it spung tree...
It is a huge tree indeed, and the tree contributed to the falling of the wats.

some of the remnants of the past..

one of the tree that I like the most there..
really enjoying to see the local rest under the tree but the weather is unbearably hot,
forced to leave due to the burning sun. (it was about lunch time when this picture was taken)

continued our tour after lunch
more wats and ruins to see
by the way, if you find these are boring, it is suggested to change your destination,
because we spent 3 entire days walking and sight-seeing all the wats.
There are more than hundred wats if not mistaken.

me selfie-ing

I'm glad my friend asked me along, have no regrets visiting this city, though you may end up sweating all day and become super smelly at the end of the day, I think worth it!

Angkor Thom, should be the largest Wat there.


That's the end of our first day.
Siem Reap city centre.


draft beer is only USD1 for one pint during happy hour.

the second day we had to wake up really early to catch the sun rise
wasn't lucky enough though, a lot of cloud that day

and this is the reality LOL
tourist everywhere.
another magnificent view indeed.

another thing to enjoy through the wats are their carvings
the carvings are so detailed and delicate.
These ancient carvings were carved hundred-thousand years ago and imagine back then without the help from advanced tools/technology to do such fine carvings, impressive aren't they?

surrounding views from angkor Wats - the only wats that is well-known world wide, even myself before visiting the city.

side view of Angkor Wat.
One of the most beautiful and liked picture that I have taken in Siem Reap for far.

yet, it was another day with burning sun..

this is bantey srei if I remember correctly.
Carvings here are one of the most delicate ever through the wats.

and it was carved by woman.

another interesting thing about all the wats here, they are actually built surrounded by a pool of water.

after finishing our tour on second day, we cafe-hopped.
Found this hidden gem in siem reap - CRANE cafe.
am not a coffee person hence ordered chocolate only.
Anyway, my friends said their latte is really good, highly recommended.

Third day... yup, more wats..



last wat we visited
this was badly ruined by war.
Reason for wars, the soldier wanted to take the Gold that is embedded inside each bricks.
Just heart broken to see the wats were destroyed that much.


Alright, that's all for today.
It's Monday tomorrow, hope you all have no Monday blue tomorrow!
Have a great week ahead!

Praying for the best to come. =)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How good are you at psychology?

Just a sharing on the result of a psychology test that I did recently..

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Type of brain

What type of brain do you have?
http://brightside.me/article/what-type-of-brain-do-you-have-this-little-test-will-reveal-all-45255/

click on the link above for the test, well, this is not a spam, I did the test myself and see below for my result... Philosophical Brain huh? haha..

Philosophical Brain
You have a philosophical mind. You tend to ponder big questions and are driven by your desire to seek the truth. You are fair minded and are able to see the “big picture” - your evaluations are invaluable.

Alright, that's all for today, just a sharing~
Good night peeps...
it's mid of the weekday tomorrow, look forward to weekend and a letter too!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Day 6, 7 and 8 in Taiwan

Day 6: 花蓮清水斷崖;南方澳漁港+觀景台
our breakfast!
savoury soya with milk tea, yam pao, eggs.. 

view is really nice~ on the way to ten points "十份"

another great views, more to come



it took us about 3 hours of ride from hualien to reach shifen..
the well-known shifen waterfall 十份瀑布

magnificient~





after the waterfall, time to play lantern.. =P

but before that, shall we write our wishes onto the lantern?

may prosperity showers us..

ooppss.. make a way to the train...

passingby...

byebye train..

alright, after ten minutes.. here is the outcome and we were ready to release it to sky.. 
 

hopefully our wishes will be granted, well, appreciate even just part of it..
*finger cross* 

flying high...

this place is crowded with tourists

train trail

too bad we couldn't stay much longer to explore, it's getting late and our tour guide needed to clock off..
yup, his service starts from 8 in the morning until 6 in the evening.
later than 6pm, we have to pay him OT.

after ten points, time to move to nine points (jiufen), bet everyone who is planning to go Taiwan would have heard of this place! 

view from jiufen..
it's a tourist spot on the hill, so weather was just nice, it was abit chilling..

maps of jiufen..

sadly we only have an hour at jiufen and yes, end up we were not able to explore much..
we stayed at Xi Men for the rest of the nights (2 nights) in Taiwan..
Xi Men is really happening, shops everywhere

our first braised pork rice "滷肉飯"
they were yummy~

Starbucks

randomly spotted this big guy..

he is a magician in Xi Men
humorous guy he is..

super big ice cream.. yum yum~
after all these nice stuffs, still couldn't gain more weight, which is good to me =P
i guess also every girls' dream?

yea, we were waiting to get a bite of the ice cream..

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Day 7: headed to 淡水漁人碼頭 in the morning, it is located at the nothern tip of Taiwan









saw some actor filming, couldn't recognise them though
seem like gay to me, one of them was wearing blue coat (the one standing right beside the pillar) and another one wearing pink (the one sitting at the tip of the ship)

anyhow, we continue our sight-seeing..

this seem cool isn't it?
brother and I just simply like to snap a picture of cute stuffs. 

yachts were everywhere. 

want a lift?






at 淡水老街
time to chunk in some snacks

reed bean filling, not too bad but the ratio of the wafer and red bean filling is not well balanced,
too much of filling. 

fried squids

deep-fried crab

nom nom..this was so delicious..

故宮博物院

time to learn some Taiwan history



well, history is a boring subject to me, as well as the others..
so we stayed a while in the museum only and head to 陽明山國家公園 after lunch..

here we are.. ;陽明山國家公園
this place is still full of volcanic activities

with the volcanic activities, inevitably the air is filled with strong and pungent smell - sulphur.




the smell is really unpleasant.

chilled temperature as this is a hill

before heading back to Xi Men, dropped by at this place for sight-seeing..

some sort of plantation area..

weather here is similar to Genting Highlands (in Malaysia)


gotcha your ugly expression!
Revenge! hahaa


for those who cannot read Mandarin, this is ShihLin night market
one of the famous night market in Taipei.

before going in, got attracted by this prawn fishing stall and here we go, fishing prawn..

It was indeed a very interesting game/activity to do..


my turn to fish.. it's a lot harder than I thought..


second round of braised pork rice..
the braised pork wasn't as nice as the first we tried..

some toast, or so-called coffin board(?) 棺材板 

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Day 8 / Last Day in Taiwan:
中正紀念堂
a place to commemorate the contribution of Sun Yat Sen (i suppose, correct me if otherwise)



looks like a chinese palace isn't it?
well, Taiwan is one of the home of chinese descendants.

this is where the statue placed..

an honourable person in Taiwan.

some history again.. sorry, i'm not interested..

I missed this marching performance, yikess..


lemonade from a vending machine..

different view of the museum..

me in my new Nike sport shoe, bought the night before in Xi Men.


spotted two adorable squirrels taking stroll i guess.. haha



After visiting Sun Yat Sen, we headed to 貓空

it requires about 1 hour of drive to the top of the 貓空hill, but it only takes you around 30 minutes if i remember correctly by taking cable car.







it will be a fantastic ride if the sky is clear, sadly it was not..


basically there was nothing much to do in 貓空茶園
i would suggest to just scrap this out from your list if you are going, and also those museum if you are not interested.

our last stop: Taipei 101 before heading back to KL
Taipei 101 is 101-storey tall standing at 509.2 metres


interior of Taipei101




we had quick dinner as we bought ticket to go up to the viewing deck (time 6:30pm) 








this famous tuned mass damper is designed to withstand earthquake tremors and typhoon winds which always hit Taiwan. 





that's all for my Taiwan trip updates..
looking forward to my next trip : Siem Reap, Cambodia in November